Full Range Hearing Loss Protection & Prevention
Standing directly in front of a huge speaker at a hard rock concert isn’t the only way to damage your hearing. And you don’t have to be a senior citizen to have hearing problems. There are everyday activities that can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, etc., at any age. Even your job can be hazardous to your hearing if you aren’t wearing the right type of hearing protection.
The best way to find out if you have already sustained some hearing damage is to schedule a Hearing Evaluation with us at Biltmore Audiology & Hearing Aid Center. We provide evaluations for adults as well as children age 6 months and older.
A Note About Decibel Levels
Sound is measured in decibels (dB). The level of damaging sound begins around 70-80 dB. To understand the noise level of certain activities, here is a quick list from quiet to thunderous:
- Soft whisper: 30 dB
- Normal conversation: 60 dB
- Gas-powered lawn mower: 80 dB
- Concerts: 110 dB
- Sirens: 120 dB
- Firecrackers: 140 dB
Not surprisingly, the louder the sound, the shorter the time it will take for hearing damage to occur.
Activities that Can Damage Hearing
- Doing lawn work such as mowing, leaf blowing, etc.
- Going to concerts or nightclubs
- Riding motorcycles
- Wearing headphones or earbuds
- Hunting or shooting
- Going to sporting events
- Working in construction, machinery, airline or maintenance jobs
- Setting off fireworks
Ways to Minimize Hearing Damage
One of the best ways to reduce damage to your hearing is to reduce your exposure to loud noise.
- Wear hearing protection such as noise-cancelling headphones or earmuffs, foam earplugs, pre-molded earplugs, custom-made earplugs, etc.
- Lower the volume on your headphones or ear buds
There are also lifestyle tips that can protect the delicate cells in your ears that can affect your hearing if they become damaged:
- Stop smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Exercise to lower your blood pressure and improve heart health
- Control diabetes
- Lower your stress
- Assess your medications to ensure they aren’t interfering with your hearing
- Consume healthy, fresh foods
You Have Questions: We Have Answers
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll cover commonly asked questions about hearing loss prevention in Phoenix. We are trained to help answer such questions as:
- Should I wear earplugs when mowing?
- How can I get my employer to give me ear protection?
- Why are my ears ringing?
- Can concerts hurt my ears?
- Do I need a hearing aid?
- And many more
Our team at Biltmore Audiology & Hearing Aid Center is ready to help you learn more about your hearing. Contact our office today at (602) 956-1250 or click here to request an appointment.